Pakistani playwright Shahid Nadeem wrote this year’s message for 2020 World Theater Day, which will be marked on March 27.

Nadeem’s message — titled Theatre as a Shrine, was released on International Theatre Institute’s (ITI) website.

“In today’s world where bigotry, hate, and violence is on the rise, our planet is plunging deeper and deeper into a climatic catastrophe, we need to replenish our spiritual strength,” the Pakistani playwright said.

“We need to fight apathy, lethargy, pessimism, greed, and disregard for the world we live in, the planet we live on,” he added.

“Theatre has a role, a noble

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